March 19, 2006
HOUSTON - Sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully's walk-off homer lifted the University of Houston baseball team to a 3-2 win over San Diego in the finale of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
With the win, the Cougars avoided the sweep and improved to 13-11 overall, while San Diego dropped to 15-10.
Tully finished the day 2-for-2 with a run, double and two RBIs to pace a Cougar offense which rapped out 10 hits in the game. His one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jake Stewart from first base and tied the game at 2-2.
After falling behind 2-0, the Cougars rallied with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to set the stage for Tully's heroics. It was the Cougars' second walk-homer of the season after Brad Lincoln blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning during the season opener against Texas-San Antonio on Feb. 7.
Junior reliever Clayton Boone earned his second win of the week after holding the Toreros scoreless in the final 0.2 innings of work and improved to 2-1.
USD reliever Russell Holzhauer fell to 2-2 with the loss after giving up a run off two hits with a strikeout in 1.1 innings.
USD infielder Steve Singleton batted 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Toreros.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday, as they play host to Texas A&M at Cougar Field. That game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow play-by-play action by clicking on the "Live Stats" link on the schedule at www.UHCougars.com.
USD took a lead in the fourth inning when Jordan Abruzzo blasted a two-out, solo home run over the wall in right field.
The Toreros doubled their advantage in the fifth inning. After being hit by a pitch with two outs, Ryan Lilly scored when Singleton crushed a double off the wall in left center for a 2-0 USD lead.
The Cougars wasted little time in cutting that deficit in half when freshman shortstop Travis Cougot blasted the first homer of his career - a solo shot - over the left-field wall.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars knotted the game. Stewart reached on an infield single, Tully hammered a double to the wall right center to tie the game at 1-1.